Earth Day is fast approaching and Corvallis’ annual Procession of the Species parade will start this Saturday, April 16 at noon. The parade is sponsored by Recreation Youth Volunteers Corps, Ashbrook Independent School, and the Corvallis Environmental Center. It will utilize art, music, and dance to honor and celebrate nature.
In celebrating Earth Day, those participating in the parade will have outfits inspired by the natural world, including homemade masks, flags, and banners.
“This event is such a cool way to showcase the artwork of many students in the area, as there are hundreds of homemade, nature-inspired masks worn by those in the parade and in the crowd,” said Erik Olson, an art teacher at Ashbrook Independent School.
Those attending the event are encouraged to participate by wearing costumes or accessories representing at least one of four categories: Earth (land species); Water (aquatic species); Air (flying species); or Fire (extinct or fantasy species). In addition to the nature-inspired getup, the Corvallis High School Drumline will join in the parade.
The parade is free and open to the public, and will depart from the Helen Berg Plaza at the Riverfront Commemorative Park at noon, ending at Howland Plaza at First Street and Madison Avenue. No motor vehicles or live pets are allowed.
By Liz Sterling